Worlds of David Darling
Encyclopedia of Science
   
Home > Encyclopedia of Science

RXTE (Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer)





RXTE
A NASA X-ray astronomy satellite, launched in December 1995 and also known as Explorer 69, designed to study variability in the energy output of X-ray sources with moderate spectral resolution. It was named for the X-ray astronomy pioneer Bruno Rossi. Changes in X-ray brightness lasting from microseconds to months are monitored across a broad spectral range of 2 to 250 keV.


launch Dec. 30, 1995
launch vehicle Delta 7920
launch site Cape Canaveral
orbit 409 × 409 km × 29°
mass 3,200 kg


Related entries

   • X-ray satellites
   • Centaurus X-3


Related category

   • SATELLITES AND SPACE PROBES